I met with an installer yesterday, and discussed rough estimates to install my radar
system on the mast
, on the backstay or a stern pole. He mentioned that mounting at the stern would make things much easier to remove the equipment
and take it to the next boat or sell it separate without a lot of damage to the boat, since he felt the equipment
would not increase the value of the boat much.
I like his ideas about that and the labor is also less, so I narrowed ti to stern or backstay. Problem with the backstay, is there is a chair in the way (which means mounting the pole to the rear of the cable), I would have to remove the backstay to install it and the radar
whenever the mast
was pulled) and I've read about the mast blocking objects directly in front of the bow.
So then I looked at the stern pole of to port or starboard. Seems to me that's a good option, and apparently, some like the Garhauer will allow you to double this pole as an outboard
davit, and by adding a second pole later, you could tie them together to add a wind generator
and solar panels
(assuming the boat was kept that long or sold with the equipment).
Lastly, I looked at gimbeled or non-gimbaled. I read about the plane of the beam and about constant flexing of the wire feeding the radome. Then there is the cost. Then there are the manually adjustable ones you can set yourself when heeling, although most people seem to leave them alone.
I've pretty much decided to go with a pole on port or starboard side and a fixed mount and would like to keep the cost down as much as possible. Based on this configuration and on my Cal
34, can anyone recommend the most affordable solution that will still work reasonably well in most conditions?